|According to the Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ananth Kumar, the Centre plans to start 10 pharmaceutical clusters, with an outlay of 120 crore, in the next one year. The pharma clusters, a key recommendation of the industry, would provide common facilities such as electricity and water to the industry, and help them hive off up to 25 per cent of their costs. A strategy for the implementation of these clusters has been decided, he added.
The Minister was unveiling recommendations made by the industry from the proceedings of the 12th National Pharmaceuticals Conclave, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Department of Pharmaceuticals. In the report, the industry had recommended the implementation of single-window clearance, since currently multiple agencies from different Ministries Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well as Ministry of Science and Technology are involved in the decision-making process. Some of the other key recommendations include unified policy mechanism, developing a national innovation strategy, creating an innovation fund targeted towards specific therapy areas, evidence-based price controls and streamlining clinical trials.